- Primrose School of Pleasa12.Jan 2016
The company culture is not a good one. Ask any current or former employee. Supervisors are occasionally commending but in a generic and not very genuine way. There are lots of gifts given to employees but it's all very surfacy. There is fairness and trust between the co-teachers for the most part but not between teachers and support staff, or teachers and management. Management can really misplace their singling people out for 'negative' things that are not actually problems as well as misplace praise for others that might not be 100% accurate.
Support from management
Employer makes it seem as if there is a ton of support but when it comes down to it and you ask for help or something in the classroom blows up, they do not step in and support like they should. They don't listen to the teacher's concerns.
Teachers generally work very well together. Even when there are differing teaching methods, your co-teacher will always be open to making it work.
Freedom to work independently
Workload is distributed well amongst co-teachers (each classroom has their own set up), but not necessarily from a company standpoint. They are very strict in what you can and cannot do. Things that you learned how to implement from a formal education...you largely can not use. Also, everything has to 'Primrose' branded/themed.
There is a lot of surfacy communication but none of it is worthwhile. They will remind staff of a dress code policy a million times in a newsletter instead of simply telling that person directly. They do not listen when employees bring up concerns, even if it's the hundredth time.
Not a lot of official career development opportunities. Staff meetings are held on a monthly basis but do not contain any pertinent or worthwhile information in relation to educational knowledge. 2 citywide conferences are held a year and those tend to have a bit more substance but also tend to be more about the Primrose brand than learning anything new to take away and use in the classrooms.
As far as advancement is concerned, there is opportunity for advancement if a higher up leaves but there is really no specific criteria for these positions.
Overall compensation for your work
The pay is okay. I know it's higher than most other daycares but considering all the work that is required, most people feel it should be more. Yearly raises are not much. Benefits are offered but I didn't use them so I can't speak to that. Annual Holiday bonus. Once again, lots of extra little gifts, food, and notes. But it all just seems very surfacy considering they don't follow through with things that actually matter.
Office / Work Environment
Working conditions are lovely! 2 computers in each room (for the older rooms, laptops for the younger ones). Clean. Spacious. Always updating with new items.
Primrose is very socially aware and aims to make the children socially aware. Each month comes with a different theme such as collecting canned food for homeless or animal shelters, or donating used books to children in need.
You get 10 vacation days a year. However, be sure to ask off with ample time because they will often not let you take off if others have already requested. This is sometimes silly because they (the Dublin location) has ample support staff who could fill into a room, even if several people requested off.
Normal working hours.
There was a period of time, when I was there, that I was not able to complete things like lesson plans, assessment comments, or newsletters during the day because of the nature and difficulty of that class in those months. All my time during the day was spent on the kids and it was all I could do to even have lesson plans ready each day. Management does not have compassion and continually gets on you about getting the 'extra' things completed. However, when I tried to stay after work one day, because that was literally the only time I had that week, they told me I couldn't stay. They are very stingy about hours and won't let you go over/get overtime even if it's necessary.
From the outside it's a great place to take your child or to work. However, employees do not talk fondly about the company on a corporate level or on an individual management level. High turnover rate. (Higher even than when I worked at some lower end day cares!). When I first started I thought it was rude and wondered why people trash talked management or rolled their eyes at things. Then, over the course of the several years I was there, and especially the last year, I began to see why..
Stable job in general.
Safety is taken seriously. Incident reports are written for even small things. Individual teachers/staff each have their own level of safety. Some are more lenient on watching the children or setting them up for success, as well as rules and regulations, than others.
Yes, the work is challenging enough. You do feel a sense of accomplishment after completing something. You can usually tweak the lesson plans to make them your own and when those work when you use them with the children, it's awesome!
Inclusive / Diverse
They do not consider diverse opinions or ideas. As long as it is "Primrose Approved" it will pass. Otherwise, forget it. Also, not even taking into account the "Primrose Approved" aspect...if you implement an idea that certain members of management don't like for personal/not logical reasons, or decide not to use an idea that one of the managers suggested, they tend to pout and can be passive aggressive after that.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyPrimrose School of Pleasa
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2011